Terps QB Cummings to remain starter

October 24, 1995|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Mark Duffner's desire to give Maryland's struggling offense some stability means Brian Cummings will get another start at quarterback.

When Cummings starts a nonconference game at Louisville on Saturday, the Terps will try to reverse a three-game offensive skid that has coincided with a flip-flop at quarterback.

Scott Milanovich struggled in two starts after returning from a four-game gambling suspension, but the offense was even less productive in a 17-0 shutout loss to Clemson last week, when Cummings went the entire way.

"We're trying to avoid a revolving door," said Duffner, the head coach. "We're trying to avoid a knee-jerk reaction, and we're hoping that some stability will get us out of this dilemma.

"When Scott struggled against Georgia Tech, he got another opportunity, and we feel Brian deserves another one."

Milanovich, the Terps' all-time leader in touchdowns (47), pass TTC completions (562) and passing yards (6,500), went the entire way against Georgia Tech, but was replaced by Cummings in the second quarter a week later at Wake Forest.

Milanovich never warmed up against Clemson, but Duffner hinted he would be quicker to make a change at Louisville.

"We're not going to stay in a mode that's not productive for a long time," Duffner said.

Milanovich grew visibly upset with his inactivity, and Duffner was asked if he was unhappy with his attitude.

"I'm not disappointed with the way he's practicing," Duffner said. "I know he's frustrated."

Cummings could not be reached for comment. Milanovich has declined to comment since his return against Georgia Tech on Sept. 28, but both have said the team must stick with one quarterback.

A 4-0 start helped Cummings become the second-rated quarterback in the Atlantic Coast Conference. But against Clemson, he completed 15 of 35 passes for 135 yards, with two interceptions.

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